The greatest rock star you never heard of died today:
Alex Chilton, the singer and guitarist who had a No. 1 hit as a gravel-voiced teen with "The Letter" and went on to influence a generation of musicians through his work with Big Star, died Wednesday in New Orleans. He was 59.
I came to the party late, and only because of the Replacements' tribute song, but in an alternate universe 1970s radio was full of the wall to wall perfect pop singles that made up Radio City and the optimistically titled #1 Record. About ten people bought those records... but they all started bands.